Saturday, January 31, 2015

Reading Challenge: 2015 New Release Challenge

I've thought about doing a challenge that encouraged you to read new books or even books by your favorite authors.  That's why when I saw the 2015 New Release Challenge, I had to jump on board.

The rules are simple.  Any book you read that was released in 2015 counts.  The books do need to be 130 pages long, but any format counts, which is good for the number of ARCs I seem to be collecting.

Now comes the hard part, picking the level to sign up.  I think I'm going to go for Level 3, which is 31-45 new releases.  That's really only three books a month, so I think it is doable.

Since the challenge runs from January 1 until December 31, I'm going to start by listing the books I've already read that qualify.  And I think it is going to show why level 3 is realistic for me as well.  Further updates will happen throughout the year.

1. Feta Attraction by Susannah Hardy
2. For Whom the Bluebell Tolls by Beverly Allen
3. Ghost in the Guacamole by Sue Ann Jaffarian
4. Mr. Monk and the New Lieutenant by Hy Conrad
5. A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder
6. License to Dill by Mary Ellen Hughes
7. Story Thieves by James Riley
8. The Edge of Dreams by Rhys Bowen
9. Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke
10. Puzzled Indemnity by Parnell Hall
11. At the Drop of a Hat by Jenn McKinlay
12. The Icing on the Corpse by Liz Mugavero
13. Grave on Grand Avenue by Naomi Hirahara
14. The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco by Laura DiSilvero
15. A Sticky Situation by Jessie Crockett
16. Nick and Tesla's Special Effects Spectacular by "Science Bob" Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith
17. Musseled Out by Barbara Ross
18. One Foot in the Grape by Carlene O'Neil
19. Evil Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
20. 14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
21. Final Reveille by Amanda Flower
22. As Gouda as Dead by Avery Aames
23. Death by Coffee by Alex Erickson
24. Death of a Chocolate Cheater by Penny Pike
25. Truffled to Death by Kathy Aarons
26. Farmed and Dangerous by Edith Maxwell
27. The Longest Yard Sale by Sherry Harris
28. Peaches and Scream by Susan Furlong
29. Fatal Reservations by Lucy Burdette
30. Murder on the Bucket List by Elizabeth Perona
31. Time's Up by Janey Mack
32. A First Date with Death by Diana Orgain
33. Killer Jam by Karen MacInerney
34. Fudging the Books by Daryl Wood Gerber
35. Crushed Velvet by Diane Vallere
36. Malice at the Palace by Rhys Bowen
37. The Syndrome by Ridley Pearson
38. Death by Tiara by Laura Levine
39. Lord of the Wings by Donna Andrews
40. Cinderella Six Feet Under by Maia Chance
41. Trick or Deceit by Shelley Freydont
42. Stone Cold Dead by Catherine Dilts
43. The Scam by Lee Goldberg and Janet Evanovich
44. Move Your Blooming Corpse by D. E. Ireland
45. The Buccaneer's Code by Caroline Carlson
46. Dead with the Wind by Miranda James
47. Just Killing Time by Julianne Holmes
48. Floral Depravity by Beverly Allen
49. Pane and Suffering by Cheryl Hollon
50. Driving Heat by Richard Castle
51. Big Game by Stuart Gibbs
52. Flipped for Murder by Maddie Day
53. Olive and Let Die by Susannah Hardy
54. The Chocolate Falcon Fraud by JoAnna Carl
55. Neverseen by Shannon Messenger
56. A Body to Spare by Sue Ann Jaffarian
57. Fillet of Murder by Linda Reilly
58. Suspendered Sentence by Laura Bradley
59. Fry Another Day by J. J. Cook
60. The Ghost of Mistletoe Mary by Sue Ann Jaffarian
61. The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle by Laura DiSilverio
62. To Brew or Not to Brew by Joyce Tremel
63. Here Today, Gone Tamale by Rebecca Adler
64. Away in a Manger by Rhys Bowen
65. The Humbug Murders by L. J. Oliver
66. Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany
67. Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante by Susan Elia MacNeal


  1. Hey Mark :) Thanks for signing up for the New Release Challenge! Your reasons for joining are exactly the reasons why we felt the need for this challenge as well. You are off to a very good start, so good luck for the rest of the year :)
    Happy reading.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    1. The other challenges I'm signed up for are fun, of course, but there has to be something to reward you for reading your favorite authors, right?

  2. You are certainly off to a good start! I'm not going to join the reading challenge because I find this type of thing intimidating even at the lowest level in spite of the fact that I'm a voracious reader. I will however keep track of my books and let you know how I did in December.

    1. It has been crazy how much I've read already this month. We shall see if it keeps up the rest of the year.

  3. I'm loving this challenge! It's a great way to share new releases with each other! (: My Goodreads to-read list has exploded and I don't think I'll ever catch up. Haha!

    Pearl @ AsteriskPearl's Book Blog

    1. Between new releases and old releases, I know I will never catch up.